Five-year-old Jeff Jagels, of Bakersfield, Calif., is just starting school in Kern County, but he already knows what to do when he sees a gun.That's not the troubling part. This is:
And other 5-year-olds in his neighborhood are about to learn what Jagels knows, too.
"Stop, don't touch, leave the area, tell an adult," is what the youngsters are told by cartoon character Eddie Eagle.
Local emergency room doctor Art Kellermann has treated his share of juvenile gunshot victims. He’s skeptical of any plan that puts the burden on a young child to make a critical judgment about firearms.Obviously, the key with the tapes is not to let people think, "Oh, gee, now I can put my gun down wherever I feel like!" The idea is for kids, in the rare case where there is a gun sitting out, to know to go get an adult, rather than act curiously and risk injury or worse. Perhaps many of Kellerman's patients would not have been patients if they had seen the video a few times.
“Nobody should trust Eddie Eagle to make their child any safer than before they took the program," Kellermann said. “Rather than try over and over again to gun-proof our kids, I think we ought to child-proof our guns."
There is nothing negative about having children see the tapes. I'm far more inclined to agree with the boy's father and the school superintendent:
Jeff Jagels' father thinks it’s a great idea.It's interesting how many on the left want kids to be required to learn about homosexuality at a young age; but when it comes to safety, ignorance is bliss. Sad.
“I realized that this thing is incredibly effective, and I became determined to get one into every kindergarten class in Kern County along with the accompanying teaching materials,” Edward Jagels said.
Jagels, who is the Bakersfield district attorney, is a member of the NRA and said he was astonished by his son’s reaction. His little tyke wanted to watch the videotape over and over again, and quickly repeated the instructions sung by Eddie Eagle in the cartoon.
Jagels thought the project was so good, he took it to the superintendent of Kern County Schools, who liked the idea.
“The fact that we're teaching a child not to touch a gun, to walk away from it, to tell an adult about the gun, that's going to make a child safer,” said Superintendent Larry Reider.
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